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West Midlands Region shortlisted for prestigious National Rail Awards

The Black Country, Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnerships working as part of the West Midlands Combined Authority have been shortlisted as a finalist for two awards at the prestigious National Rail Industry awards.

The West Midlands joint entry has been recognised by UK rail chiefs for their pioneering work in developing a first-of-its-kind virtual 3D rail project, OnTrack WM. OnTrack WM will help nurture the valuable skills regional firms need to tap into supply chain opportunities aligned to the West Midlands £multi-million rail industry projects. The National Rail Industry awards is one of the most coveted in the profession and a well-recognised badge of excellence among rail transportation peers across the wider U.K. The winners will be presented at a high profile dinner on Thursday 9 February 2017.

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Rail Software Group Buys Solihull Infrastructure Services Firm

A US software group, Bentley Systems, specialising in digital engineering and Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions has acquired the assets of a Solihull business that provides managed services programmes for infrastructure projects.

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ComplyPro is the core product of Comply Serve and is used on landmark projects such as London’s CrossRail. The business will continue to be led by its founder Chris Rolison, who established the business in 2005, and will operate from its current base in Solihull.

He said: “My ComplyPro colleagues and I are excited to join Bentley Systems. I have long regarded Bentley’s comprehensive approach to software provision for advancing infrastructure to be where the potential for progressive assurance can be most effectively and timely realised.”

 

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Light rail route planned to boost Wednesbury town centre linking Metro stop with bus station

A multi-million pound Very Light Rail system is being planned for Wednesbury, which council chiefs say will bring better connectivity, more people and money into the town.

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Talks are under way to bring in the pioneering rail system, which would link the bus station to a Metro stop on the edge of town. Bosses said they are ‘very hopeful and optimistic’ about the innovative project, which could be up and running within two years. The scheme will be similar to the successful Stourbridge Shuttle and built by the same firm – Cradley Heath-based Parry People Movers.

The firm’s chairman John Parry said the vision is for a 2km loop around the town centre, which would ‘dramatically change the relationship’ between the town centre and the Metro station in Great Western Street. Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said the scheme would boost Wednesbury by linking two transport hubs. He said: “We’re looking into a short connection Very Light Rail vehicle…between the Great Western Street Metro stop and the bus station.

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Information From HS2 Supply Chain Roadshow 2016

As part of HS2’s Market Engagement Programme, the ‘HS2 Supply Chain Roadshow 2016’ is being held to provide small, medium and large businesses with an opportunity to find out more about the types of work packages available, understand how to get involved and how to get in the best position to win work.

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The events have focussed on HS2 Supply Chain Opportunities, Health and Safety and Building Information Modelling. In addition, participants heard from HS2’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Skills, Employment and Education, Community Relations and Environment teams.

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Businesses should start preparing now. We want you to get on board and play a part in delivering this nationally important project.

To access the documents relating to the Roadshow event click here.

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Breaking news – Midland Metro Alliance to showcase Wolverhampton expansion plans at Meet the HS2 (BIM) design team day

The news just in is that Midland Metro Alliance will be exhibiting at Black Country Growth Hubs – “Meet the HS2 (BIM) Design Team” event taking place on Thursday 14th July 2016 at the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, BIM Technology & Skills Development Suite, CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick 08:00 – 12:00.

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Midland Metro Alliance’s senior project team will be taking exhibition space on the day to present plans and conceptual designs for the new metroline expansion and meet with West Midlands firms who aspire to get involved in the regions metro improvement project. Work is already underway on a short Midland Metro extension from Birmingham New Street station to Centenary Square, with the Midland Metro Alliance delivering the project through to 2019. Funding has also been earmarked to extend this line through to Edgbaston by 2021.

Midland Metro Alliance will also be delivering the works for the route to serve the future HS2 station at Curzon Street, then running to Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory. Opening is envisaged by 2023. Work is due to start soon on the £18m extension of the metroline at Wolverhampton station running from Pipers Row through to the new station, which is scheduled to open in 2019. A business case is also being prepared by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) for a route from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill via the Merry Hill shopping centre.

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Enjoy a virtual tour of Wolverhampton’s new railway station

Residents and visitors can this week get a feel of what it will be like inside Wolverhampton Interchange’s new railway station in a virtual fly though video.

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The opportunity comes during the ‘Enjoy Wolverhampton’ ten-day programme, which is highlighting the city’s gems and providing a host of free or purse-friendly activities and offers.

The video was screened at the railway station yesterday (Monday) and will be screened again on Thursday and is also available to view on YouTube channel ‘Wolverhampton Today’.

Interchange Partnership staff will be at the railway station on the same days handing out Q&A leaflets about the project. To help keep commuters informed of developments around the railway station the Twitter feed @WVInterchange also went live yesterday (Monday).

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “The fly through video really hammers home what a state-of-the-art station railway station the city can look forward to. “Through the Enjoy Wolverhampton July programme we are currently showcasing what the city has to offer and it is important we have a station that gives visitors the best first impression of Wolverhampton.”

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West Midlands Framework success in Metroline Expansion contract

A framework of West Midlands firms have won a prestigious £multi-million contract to deliver better rail connectivity across the Black Country and Greater Birmingham regions. The Midland Metro Alliance is to be launched on July 4 to bring together a team of planning, design, rail engineers and construction specialists which will build four light rail extensions in the West Midlands over the next decade.

The alliance comprises the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) which owns the Midland Metro light rail line, infrastructure contractor Colas Rail and its Cradley Heath based partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Thomas Vale, Rail Safety Solutions and Auctus Management Group, and a consortium of design and engineering consultancies Egis Rail, Tony Gee and Pell Frischman.

“Alliancing agreements are a dramatic departure from traditional contracting methods as staff work as an integrated team and tie the commercial objectives of all parties to the actual outcome of the project”, said Councillor Roger Lawrence of WMCA on June 28. This replaces the traditional model of appointing contractors and designers on a project-by-project basis.

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Rail Live 2016 Show – 22 & 23 June, Long Marston, Warwickshire

An event showcasing the best range of products and services that meet the increasingly challenging needs of the rail sector with particular emphasis on best practice, ingenuity and the application of innovation.

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This will be the 5th year of this highly anticipated show which has become a highlight in the rail industry calendar. This year will be no exception with all the major areas of the rail supply chain represented including: infrastructure & civils, rolling stock, electrification, signalling, rail maintenance, materials & product development/testing, safety, digital, and of course, innovation.

Steve Featherstone, Track Programme Director at Network Rail said: “The railway is always evolving and as an organisation measured by performance, we need to embrace innovation and best practice in the rail sector. We are looking forward to Rail Live 2016, a well-established event that really does set out to address and meet industry challenges now and for the future.”

Who will attend?

TOCs, FOCs, main line infrastructure operators, government representatives/agencies, rail regulation and safety, infrastructure contracting and maintenance, rail product and service suppliers, innovation pioneers, consultant and transport planners, leasing/finance services, HR professionals, academia professionals, vocational / apprenticeship providers and students, rail regulation and safety bodies and many more individuals and groups from the rail sector.

Visitors to the event attend free of charge via prior registration.

To register as a VISITOR or as an EXHIBITOR please go to www.raillive.com

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Meet the HS2 (BIM) Design Team

West Midlands Manufacturers are set to converge on Smethwick next month to showcase their manufacturing prowess, engineering expertise and rail innovations to a prestigious group of designers from HS2. The joint event being hosted by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and HS2 Ltd alongside business support partners, Black Country Growth Hub are holding a special event on Thursday 14 July 2016, enabling the regions firms to meet the specifiers and specialist engineers charged with designing the first phase of the London-Birmingham high speed rail project.

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With the West Midlands set to benefit from an estimated £50 billion pound worth of construction opportunities and associated civil engineering works aligned to Europe’s biggest infrastructure project, the business benefits could be huge for forward-thinking engineers, innovative, clued-up manufacturers and prospective suppliers with the technology skills, resources and ingenuity to meet HS2’s design challenges.

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Rail Live 2016

Rail Live 2016 takes place on the 22nd and 23rd June at Long Marton, Warwickshire. The event showcases the best range of products and services that meet the increasingly challenging needs of the rail sector with particular emphasis on best practice, ingenuity and the application of innovation. To find out more click here

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National Women in Engineering Day: Get on Board with HS2 – 23rd June 2016

HS2 Ltd are hosting a coffee morning for women who are interested in careers in the rail industry.

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If you are looking for a career change, or are a returner from maternity seeking advice on your next move or would like some information on what we do and how we can support a career in engineering and construction, come and meet the team. Our event promises to be informative, engaging and inspiring.

We’re currently hiring across various functions including Engineering, Project Management, Project Controls and Programme Management.

You’ll join an inclusive organisation where we value flexible working, opportunities to continue learning and fulfilling your long-term potential. Don’t miss out on the chance to get to know us better and discover why High Speed Two can really take you places.

Date: Thursday 23rd June

Time: 09:30 – 11:30

Location: HS2 Ltd, 2 Snow Hill, Birmingham B4 6GA

To register your interest and for further details, please contact the team:

Telephone: 0207 944 6534

Email: EDIQueries@HS2.org.uk

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High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Conference: Attracting the Brightest and the Best

West Midlands stakeholders across the whole rail sector supply chain are invited to attend a major conference taking place at the Think Tank in Birmingham on Monday 11th July 2016.

The challenge of recruitment and retention of skills is an industry-wide priority. In recent months the Transport Industry Skills Strategy (TISS) and the Rail Supply Group (RSG) Sector Strategy have both sought to address this, with high speed rail identified as a primary opportunity to upskill the industry and diversify the sort of people that it attracts, to ensure we are tapping into the widest possible talent pool.

Taking place in Birmingham this FREE conference will look to explore how the industry can encourage diversity in the rail sector by:

  • improving the profile of engineering to attract the brightest and the best
  • addressing the gender imbalance and attracting more women
  • addressing the gap between school leavers and entering college
  • raising the visibility of apprenticeships in the rail sector
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Supply Chain ‘Crucial to UK Railways’

The rail industry in the UK has never been busier, with large-scale projects across the country providing massive opportunities. And speakers at Made in the UK will outline how manufacturers can take advantage. Projects such as HS2 and the major improvements to the rail links across the north of the country continue to make headlines, which has led to the rail sector being under increased scrutiny. The industry’s supply chain in particular is set to benefit from these network projects. And the supply chain needs to take advantage of what’s on offer.

These opportunities will be the key focus of The Railway session at Made in the UK Conference in Liverpool on 17 June. The session will hear from a number of high-quality experts. Giles Thomas, rail systems director, HS2 will be one of them and he [said], “There is a huge opportunity for us to utilise technology to improve on the way we work in building the HS2 infrastructure. The innovation that the rail supply chain offers us will be crucial to making HS2 happen.”

For more information see the full article here.

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HS2 West Midlands Regional Supply Chain Roadshow

HS2 Ltd the company responsible for the design, engineering and construction of Britain’s new high speed railway has arranged a series of regional supply chain roadshows aiming to explain the types of work package that will be available and to advice firms on how to get in the best position to bid for the contracts. This is an important event for companies in the Black Country looking to bid for HS2 contracts so it could be worth the effort of attending.

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HS2 Ltd will host 11 roadshow events across the UK, meeting companies interested in exploring the thousands of supply chain opportunities created by HS2.

Through presentations, face-to-face time with HS2 experts and networking, participants will hear from, and meet with, the HS2 teams and industry partners responsible for Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Community Relations, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Skills, Employment and Education and Environment. At each event participants will discover the scale and timing of contracts and what their business needs to do to get ready to bid.

The West Midlands roadshow takes place at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on Thursday 7th July between8.30am and 1.30pm. For full details of the event including how to book can be found here.

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BIMwm framework success for Sandwell Council at West Midlands Construction Excellence Awards

For the 9th year, the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards were held on Friday night in Birmingham at the ICC to celebrate this years’ regional construction highlights.

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We’re proud to tell you that Sandwell Council were recognised for its visionary work around Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the formation of the BIMwm framework. Sandwell and their framework delivery partners picked up the winners award in the Integration & Collaborative working category.

In addition, Sandwell were highly commended in the Innovation category with a joint entry with 3 other local authorities (Walsall, Dudley, & Wolverhampton City Council), the Black Country Councils teamed up to develop the ground-breaking OnTrack WM, a virtual rail procurement portal to showcase the regions talented rail supply chain.

This year’s awards were presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 13 May 2016. More than six hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate the very best industry projects.

Sandwell Council as winners of the regional awards, automatically move forward to represent the West Midlands at the high-profile national CE awards held in London later this year.

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